India Packages – 3 places to look and some traveller reviews

One of the most enigmatic, enchanting and diverse destinations, India can also be a mind-boggling culture shock, so it’s important to make sure you book the best packages when you do travel there. Cheap flights to Mumbai and other Indian cities are popping up all over the place, it’s tempting to whisk yourself off for a holiday on the fly – without considering what you’re in for.

If you’re not the adventurous type who loves landing in a foreign country and then figuring out your way and where you’re going to stay through a maze of streets with unfamiliar faces, then looking into a package is definitely best. But where do you start?

1. Jetstar Tours – Tailor-made India packages

This great little Durban based tour company comes highly recommended by our in-house travel consultants, clients love the unique and specific expertise they have on their destinations. With packages from the famous “Golden Triangle Tour” which takes in well-known sights like Agra and the Taj Mahal to add-ons incorporating beach heaven, Goa or Himalayan Kashmir, they really do have something special to offer each traveller. They are only bookable through your Travel Agent – so get in touch with us here if you’d like a quote.

2. Imaginative Traveller – Adventure Tours of India

Source of a fountain of compliments, imaginative traveller does tours almost the world over – focussed strongly on sustainable and responsible travel which empowers the communities one travels through, they specialise in trips of a slightly alternative nature which will take you off-the-beaten-path and face to face with local culture. Don’t be afraid though, they remain committed to top quality and a wide range of tours which incorporate everyone’s unique style of travelling. Whether its adventurous overland trips from Katmandu via Agra and Jaipur to Delhi, family trips taking you from the major sites to tigers and the mountains or comfortable tours taking in wildlife, beaches and Maharajahs palaces in the South of India, Imaginative Traveller have it! Groups are small – up to about 15 people, guides are local and accommodation is unique. Travelstart also offer bookings in Rands for these trips, so get in touch here.

3. Serendipity Tours – India Tours and Packages

Coming recommended by our consultants team this second Durban-based agency offers a diverse range of packages from plain accommodation, through to short tours, through to longer adventures taking in hiking in the mountains and the wildlife and forests of the south. Get in touch with our consultants to inquire about pricing.

This is what our customers had to say about India:

Samantha Bowers: “Went to India last year with work, South east coast Chennai was awesome. Just wowed me the minute I got off the plane. Sounds, smells, colours hectic. You have to go once.”

Rika Badul: “I’d love to go back…for first time travelers it is a very big culture shock the city is very over crowded but it is beautiful in the country…A trip to India really humbles oneself…..My highlights of my trip was the beautiful craftsmanship on the temples the tasty food (caution) don’t eat from the street vendors but there are some good restuarants and then just the people they always smiling even with the little they have they are happy….and then last but not least the shopping is fantastic everything is so cheap…”

Anne-Marie Terblanche: “Magical sights and sounds, organised chaos and something waiting to happen around every corner! Superb destination.”

Heather Bravery: “India is beautiful and so diverse full of noise and colour, but also very harsh at times. Interesting and definitely something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.”

Yashin Bagwandeen: “Just make sure you go off the beaten path, spend a few days with locals, and you will be fascinated. I travelled extensively, north, south, east, west, old, new, everything. I can’t wait to go back, repeatedly if possible. God willing”

Faye Naicker: “I had a terrific 3 weeks holiday in India in April/May this year. It was a bit hot but the food and shopping makes up for that. The Zuri Hotel Goa is a gem!Visited Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Kashmir and each place will remain memorable. Get there – you will never regret. India is not about a holiday but about an experiment!”

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  1. This is a great post on India travel & tour. India is most popular place for visiting. Here are lot of very nice places for visiting where visitor can enjoy with fun. Here lot of heritage & budget hotels for safely staying at very cheap cost. Jaipur is one of the most popular city in India or visiting.

    • Yes! Heard Jaipur is amazing! Well worth the visit!

  2. Hi. My family and I are trying to help needy Indian children by providing education for them. We’ve recently started working on a website to help gain interest in the project. I’d like to use the India photo you have here for the site. May I please do that?

    • Hi Elisabeth! Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately those images don’t belong to us, but rather to Imaginative Traveller. A good place to browse for royalty-free images is on Flickr’s Creative Commons, you’ll just need to give credit to the person who contributed the photo. Click here to access and browse:

  3. Kindly update me with all special u have as I need to go off season

  4. looking for cruise wid stars
    in dec 2adults & 1 kid

  5. Hi.i would like to tour golden u have an arranged tour group
    How much is it p.p.including visa & flights from durban.
    Regards BILKIS.

    • Hello Bilkis, thank you for contacting us! One of our agents will be in contact with you shortly to assist with a quotation. Almene

  6. Interested in organised tour_ golden triangle in 2015 during school holidays. Pls inform me about cost p.p including flights n visa from durban

    • Hi Prenupa! Thanks for reaching out. The best would be to contact our agents on with dates of when you want to travel (I’m not sure which school holidays you want to travel in). They will then come back to you with a price.

  7. Hi guys, this may be abit irrelevant. I was planning on booking a tour with your agency. However I wanted to know if any can advise me on good healers/guru’s to visit while in India, as I do not want to be scammed.

    Thank you

    • Hi Ruwen, great to hear from you. I am busy speaking with a colleague of mine who spent sometime in India. She is contacting a friend to get the name of a reputable guru, and to also see what they healing they specialize in. As soon as I have feedback, will let you know. Have a great day!

  8. Hi I am planning a holiday in india in december. There is abt 13 of us tht are gng. I need a quote

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You welcome to contact our direct sales team where one of our Travel Experts would love to assist.

      Please provide them with all your details: exact dates of travel, number of passengers and their ages (if there are any children) and which city you need to fly out. You can e-mail them at and one of our consultants will get back to you with a quote within 2 working days.

      Look forward to hearing from you.

  9. Hi, I would like to go on holiday to India in December, pls can u send me specials on the India packages

    • Hi Mrs Naidoo,

      Great to hear from you.

      If you would like a quote, you are welcome to contact our direct sales team on
      who would love to assist in quoting on a package to India. Please e-mail them with all your details: including exact date of travel, number of passengers where you wanting to depart from and budget.

      They will get back to you within 2 working days with a quote.

  10. Hi. Can one of your agents contact me as soon as possible. I need to travel to india especially kerala to a reliable ayurvedic centre. Im looking around the end of june 2015.

    • Hi Mr Maharaj,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Should you request a quote, you welcome to contact our Travelbar team on: and one of our Travel

      Experts will revert back with a quote within 2 working days.

      Kindly note, when e-mailing them your request please give all details including exact dates of travel,
      as well as where you need to travel to and from, so they can quote you accordingly.

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact them on 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or Saturday 9am – 1pm and speak to a Travel Expert. (Our lines are closed for quotes on public holidays)

      Look forward to hearing from you.

  11. Hi, please can you inform me if you are able to get a visa and ticket for my future daughter in law, who is currently living in India, Darjeeling, Kolkotha. Please can you kindly reply to me urgently as I have all her information with me which I can e-mail to you, thank you

    • Hi Sunita,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      You welcome to search for flight prices on here you are able to view all the different
      airlines that operate a specific route to ensure that you choose the cheapest possible option.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making this reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

      With regards to visa’s unfortunately we do not specialize in this and you will need to contact the official visa agency or Embassy direct to get assistance.

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